Postpartum depression (PPD) occurs in up to one fifth of women in the United States, and this broadcast discusses causes of PPD and treatments, including talk therapy and antidepressants. Created: 4/11/2008 by MMWR.
Date Released: 4/17/2008. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Postpartum Depressive Symptoms — 17 States, 2004
April 17, 2008
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For many women, the excitement of impending motherhood often gives way to
postpartum depression or PPD. Sometimes referred to as the “baby blues,” PPD is a
period of gloom and despair that can develop up to a year after giving birth. This
depression has been linked to hormonal changes following pregnancy, but it can also be
caused by relationship problems, physical abuse, a difficult pregnancy, or financial
A recent CDC study indicated that PPD occurs in up to one-fifth of women in the U.S.
If you’re feeling sad or blue for more than two seeks following delivery, talk to your
doctor. Don’t let depression rob you and your child of a wonderful first year together.
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